Super Chic Fair Trade Note Cards

We are absolutely loving these super chic Fair Trade note cards from Arte Comasgua (Available at Chicago’s Greenheart Shop / Check out their Online Store):

Très élégant! Wouldn’t these cards make a fabulous framed collection?

Not only do these cards look great, but the women who create these awesome flower art pieces have a truly inspirational story:

“This fair trade eco friendly card[s] [are] handmade by women whose homes in El Salvador’s highland cloud forest were destroyed by a devast[at]ing earthquake and mudslides in 2001. It left many families homeless and jobless. With their fields destroyed, many people began traveling long hours to low-paying factory jobs in the capital. A group of enterprising women, however, formed Arte Comasgua, an artisans’ organization that handcrafts stylish designs from native flowers and plants. These women now work locally, caring for the families and saving for their future. These striking greeting cards represent a woman’s hope for the future.”

Wow!  Even more reason to love these charming cards!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Bookends With Character: Tara Projects’s Palewa Owls

“This pair of wise sitting owls can hold your books in place or just decorate your shelf. Hand-carved and etched bookends are made from palewa, a dark, Indian soapstone used for carving.”

We are absolutely loving Tara Projects’s Palewa Owl Bookends (available at  Ten Thousand Villages and SERRV).  The perfect gift for a reader, teacher, or owl enthusiast. (Sara the Tea Lady is all three.)  But really, who wouldn’t want these charming fellows holding up their hardbacks?

We’re also super impressed by the TARA Projects organization, which “was established in 1973 to defend the rights of the poor. Beginning in Delhi, the organization expanded to adjoining states of North India, working to eliminate unfair trade practices and child labor, fighting exploitation of artisans and supporting fair trade and human dignity.”

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters